A: To me, driving is a two-handed sport, and therefore the input from both hands/arms should be equal. There are some people who will tell you to push up on the steering wheel, and others will say to pull down on it. I think both are wrong – use both hands equally to rotate/move the steering wheel smoothly and accurately. Do I practice using just one hand? I haven’t. I’m not sure what the benefit would be, since practicing the “wrong” thing is only going to make you better at doing the “wrong” thing.
I suspect you’re talking about just driving a little while with one hand to see how it reacts, and I can understand why you might want to do that. I’ve never tried that (but will), but I think it would be better to just practice applying equal force with both hands/arms when rotating the steering wheel, and sensing the feedback through both hands.
Thank you for all the great info as always. I agree that two handed driving is more accurate, but when I’m driving on the street, I drive with one hand on the steering wheel and one on the shifter. I’m not going 9/10s but when driving hard I absolutely feel more comfortable and confident with two hands. Have a great day!
Think about this… the habits you build when driving on the street become your mental programming. When you get on track, any habit/program that doesn’t contribute to better driving requires some amount (even the tiniest little bit) of mental capacity to change when driving on the track. So, driving with one hand on the street may feel more comfortable, but that’s only because it’s become a habit – and it takes up a tiny bit of your mental capacity when driving on the track to change to two hands on the wheel. If you drive with two hands on the wheel on the street, it will become a habit and be just as comfortable as driving with one hand – and help you be even better on the track.